John Markoff

John Markoff wrote about technology and science for the New York Times beginning in March 1988 as the paper’s national computer writer. He retired from the paper in 2017 to write a biography of Stewart Brand. In 2013 he was awarded a Pulitzer Prize in explanatory reporting as part of a New York Times project on labor and automation. He has written six books including What the Dormouse Said: How the Sixties Counterculture shaped the Personal Computer Industry, published by Viking Books and Machines of Loving Grace: The Quest for Common Ground Between Humans and Robots, published by HarperCollins Ecco.

Spring 2020 Nonfiction Picks

Complicating the ordinary, letters from home, the arrival of a meteorite, and the disappearance of a son: E.J. Koh, Dinah Lenney, Harry Dodge, and Roman Dial take us into very different, very real worlds with these nonfiction selections. 

Publisher Stewart Brand, 50 years later.

Access to Success

Fifty years after the debut of the Whole Earth Catalog, the story of how Stewart Brand created the legendary book because his mentor had allowed him to fail, presaging the philosophy of Silicon Valley.

Fear and Loathing in Big Sur illustration

Fear And Loathing In Big Sur

Who would hire Hunter S. Thompson to take care of a rustic Big Sur coastal estate? That ill-advised decision led directly to the founding of the famed Esalen retreat.

That’s not George Jetson. It’s Cameron Robertson, co-lead engineer, flight-testing the Kitty Hawk Flyer prototype.

Where We're Going, We Don't Need Roads

Forget autonomous cars; the next big thing in transportation may be Jetson-like vehicles that dart through the skies.


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